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St. Croix Emergency Operations Center: Free WiFi Access Available on St. Thomas and St. John

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Hurricane Irma 'couldn't happen at a worse time' for the US Virgin Islands

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US Virgin Islands getting aid, but still reeling from Irma

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Coloradans make it home after Hurricane Irma ravages US Virgin Islands

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Curfew Remains in Effect Throughout USVI
Curfew remained in effect across the territory as police, Red Cross, Public Works, National Guard and other crews try to clear some of the wreckage in the streets of St. Croix and floodwaters recede on St. Thomas. V.I. Police Commissioner Delroy Richards said around noon Wednesday that the V.I. Police Department and the National Guard are putting together an action plan   Read More ...
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Territory Begins Damage Assessment After Battering by Maria
The V.I. government is working to assess damage to the territory following the passage of Hurricane Maria, according to a statement from the Department of Tourism around 7 p.m. Wednesday. It was the first official statement sent out since the storm’s full force hit St. Croix around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Just before 10 p.m., Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued a brief statement to the people of the territory   Read More ...
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ALERT: Veterans Affairs Health Care System Closes Down
The Veterans Administration Health Care System (VACHS) has announced that due to the emergency situation caused by Hurricane Maria throughout the Caribbean, all facilities are closed until further notice. The main switchboard is out of service. Veterans in need of health care assistance must contact the VISN 8 Telecare at 1-877-741-3400. Share this:   Read More ...
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The Latest: US Virgin Islands: Maria tears away roofs, trees
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): An official at the U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Operations Center says there are no immediate reports of deaths or injuries on St. Croix from Hurricane Maria but a full assessment hasn't been completed. Spokeswoman Nykole Tyson says the storm tore many roofs off of buildings and downed trees across the island   Read More ...
The Latest: US Virgin Islands: Maria tears away roofs, trees
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): An official at the U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Operations Center says there are no immediate reports of deaths or injuries on St. Croix from Hurricane Maria but a full assessment hasn't been completed. Spokeswoman Nykole Tyson says the storm tore many roofs off of buildings and downed trees across the island   Read More ...
Many Roofs Gone on St. Croix; Flooding on St. Thomas
Hurricane Maria now has largely moved on from blasting the U.S. Virgin Islands, and initial reports from people on the ground indicate large numbers of roofs have been blown off all over St. Croix, trees have been stripped and toppled, debris covers the streets and many roads are impassable with utility poles lying across the road. Curfew is in effect and mobility is limited   Read More ...
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Family That Fled St. John After Irma Now Trapped in Puerto Rico During Hurricane Maria
A U.S. Virgin Islands family is dealing with their second tragedy in days after fleeing their damaged St. John home during Hurricane Irma, only to face Category 4 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. “We’re very stressed. My husband said we’re all going to need counseling when this is over,” Laurel Brannick told the Today show of her family’s ordeal on Wednesday   Read More ...
Maria Has Arrived To St. Croix With Punishing Winds And Rain; Projected To Last Until Wednesday Morning Before Moving Over PR
Hurricane Maria has arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands with sustained hurricane-force winds of 175 miles per hour, pummeling St. Croix, which was spared damage two weeks ago when Hurricane Irma laid waste to St. Thomas and St. John. As of 11:16 p.m., violent winds whistled from the east to west side of the island, chilling the hearts of residents here, as they braced for impact   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria surges toward Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
close The core of "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Maria charged closer to Puerto Rico early Wednesday, slamming smaller Caribbean islands along the way. Maria had top sustained winds of 155 mph, and was located about 50 miles southeast of San Juan, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 a.m. ET Wednesday advisory. The major hurricane was moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph, and was "expected to reach southeastern Puerto Rico this morning," according to the NHC   Read More ...
Cat 5 Hurricane Maria Is Here
As darkness fell across the Virgin Islands Tuesday, it was accompanied by the howling winds and lashing rain of Hurricane Maria, which reached the territory as ” an extremely dangerous category five hurricane,” the National Hurricane Center reported at its 11 p.m. Tuesday update. Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountain and on high-rise buildings could be much stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in this advisory, the NHC said   Read More ...
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Maria lashes US Virgin Islands as Puerto Rico prepares for impact
ST JOHN ISLAND: Hurricane Maria slammed into the US Virgin Islands Tuesday, lashing the archipelago with rain as Puerto Rico braced for the Category Five storm’s expected landfall on Wednesday. On St John Island, which was also battered by Hurricane Irma two weeks ago, locals reported seeing trees dramatically swaying in swirling winds, with rain pouring “sideways.” Judi Buckley, former senator for St Croix Island, traveled to St John from her South Carolina home to help with the Irma relief effort – only to get caught up in Maria   Read More ...
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Maria lashes US Virgin Islands as Puerto Rico prepares for impact
ST JOHN ISLAND, United States: Hurricane Maria slammed into the US Virgin Islands Tuesday, lashing the archipelago with rain as Puerto Rico braced for the Category Five storm's expected landfall on Wednesday. The US National Hurricane Center warned of a "potentially catastrophic" impact as Maria churned northwest towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday – with Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossello describing it as "the worst storm of the last century   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria nearing St. Croix in U.S. Virgin Islands - NHC
(Reuters) - The eye of Hurricane Maria will move near or over St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands over the next couple of hours and cross Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The category five hurricane, the strongest level on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, was about 30 miles (45 km) south-southeast of St   Read More ...
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Maria lashes US Virgin Islands as Puerto Rico prepares for impact
St John Island (United States) (AFP) - Hurricane Maria slammed into the US Virgin Islands Tuesday, lashing the archipelago with rain as Puerto Rico braced for the Category Five storm's expected landfall on Wednesday. On St John Island, which was also battered by Hurricane Irma two weeks ago, locals reported seeing trees dramatically swaying in swirling winds, with rain pouring "sideways   Read More ...
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‘Widespread Devastation’ Reported In Dominica As Hurricane Maria Barrels Toward USVI
DOMINICA — It will be days, maybe weeks and even months before a true assessment of Hurricane Maria’s damage to the island of Dominica can be made. But reports emanating from the Nature Island, as Dominica is called, have not been encouraging, and foretells of destruction caused by a storm that exacted punishing rain and 160 mile-per-hour winds for hours to the island of just over 73,000   Read More ...
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Small Blessing: Maria’s Eye Moves A Little South
Hurricane Maria has moved west of it’s projected path somewhat and is now projected to pass 10 to 20 miles south of St. Croix, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said in a 5:15 p.m. Tuesday statement from Government House on St. Croix. That is an improvement over having the eye pass directly over part of St. Croix as projected earlier today. Mapp’s update consisted mostly of the latest information from the National Weather Service   Read More ...
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This Is It: St. Croix Braces For Impact As ‘Potentially Catastrophic’ Cat 5 Hurricane Maria Arrives
Approximately two weeks ago, the St. Thomas-St. John District of the U.S. Virgin Islands was slammed with punishing wind and rain from Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. St. Croix was by and large spared the storm’s wrath, and the island’s residents immediately mobilized in support of their affected fellowmen. Today, the exact opposite is reality, and Hurricane Maria, another record-setting weather system packing 165 mile-per-hour winds, with higher gusts, has its sights set on St   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria Eye Wall to Hit St. Croix
Hurricane Maria’s eye wall is projected to pass over the southwest quadrant of St. Croix, meaning the island will experience the highest possible wind levels from the Category 5 hurricane and the southwest shore may see a massive storm surge that could devastate anything near the shore on that part of the island. At his 11 a.m. Tuesday briefing before the storm, Gov   Read More ...
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Waiting for the Storm on St Croix
St. Croix residents spent the last few days again preparing for a major storm: cleaning up yards, boarding up windows, gassing up their car and generators. Stores were hit hard. Cost U Less on St. Croix, east of Sunny Isles, was out of bottled water by noon Monday. Shelves at and shelves were starting to look empty Monday night. St. Croix   Read More ...
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FIRST ALERT: Cat. 5 Maria approaches US Virgin Islands with life-threatening storm surge, 175 MPH winds
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Hurricane Maria remains a dangerous Category 5 storm, but its potential impact on the United States is becoming clearer with each new update. At the 8 p.m. update Tuesday, Maria was about 60 miles southeast of St. Croix Wind speeds has increased to 175 miles per hour. On the forecast track, the hurricane is expected to hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday   Read More ...
Ahead of Hurricane Maria, NASCAR-employed airline evacuates US Virgin Islands
Christopher Allen, a NASCAR shop mechanic for General Motors Sports, originally wanted to ship supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands, left wrecked by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.   Read More ...
Hurricane Maria takes aim at Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands as Category 5 storm strengthens
close Hurricane Maria is taking aim at Puerto Rico as the Category 5 storm, is barreling toward the U.S. territory Tuesday night with disastrous winds and "life-threatening" flooding, according to forecasters. Maria, a "potentially catastrophic" storm, has top sustained winds near 175 mph, and was located about 160 miles southeast of San Juan, as of the National Hurricane Center's . The major hurricane was moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph, and "some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two," according to the NHC   Read More ...
Airlines move to cap fares, add seats as Hurricane Maria closes in on Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Following a practice that began with Hurricane Irma, airlines again are offering reduced fares for travelers and adding flights out of certain cities in the path of Hurricane Maria. American, United and Delta airlines said they will cap one-way non-stop fares, in addition to offering travel waivers. Delta also said it will waive baggage and pet-in-cabin fees for travelers from designated cities   Read More ...
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System Is Prepared for Hurricane Maria
The Veterans Administration (VA) Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) emergency management officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Maria as it continues its general path toward the area. Due to anticipated severe weather associated with the storm, the operating status of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System has been modified: San Juan VA Medical Center. Inpatient services will be fully operational for patients admitted for care; however, all outpatient services will be closed beginning 2 p   Read More ...
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Flash Flood Watch Issued for Territory
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday morning. The watch will be in effect through Friday afternoon. Hurricane Maria is approaching the territory as a major hurricane, and is expected to bring “major to record flooding,” the weather service warned. “Rain bands from major Hurricane Maria will begin to spread heavy rain with thunderstorms across the U   Read More ...
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Monster storm Hurricane Maria smashes into Dominica, churns towards U.S. Virgin Islands
ROSEAU, Dominica – Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described Tuesday as “widespread devastation” from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt said on his Facebook page while the Category 5 storm was raging over his island nation that he would venture out to see the damage and secure needed help once the all-clear was given   Read More ...
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GVI: Processing of Payrolls on Hold Until Hurricane Maria Passes
As recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and preparations for the threat of Hurricane Maria, Department of Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens advises agencies and departments that all payroll processing in the STATS and Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) will be on hold until after Hurricane Maria passes. As such, the Department of Finance will process a Straight-80 Payroll for Sept   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria pummels Dominica, barrels toward U.S. Virgin Islands
PONCE, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month, crept toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after it ripped through the small island nation of Dominica, causing widespread devastation. Downgraded to a Category 4 early on Tuesday, Maria remained an “extremely dangerous hurricane” as it churned about 235 miles (380 km) southeast of St   Read More ...
St. Croix Prepares for Hurricane Maria, Most Choose to Stay
While some residents were trying to find flights or another means to evacuate the island of St. Croix before Hurricane Maria reached the island, most chose to stay and take the wrath of what promised to be a very strong hurricane system. Almost everyone on St. Croix spent Monday finishing up work, obtaining supplies and securing their property. “D” batteries were nowhere to be found on Monday on St   Read More ...
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Cruzan Rum Distillery Donates $500,000 to Fund for Hurricane Relief and Recovery
The Cruzan Rum Distillery, based on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, today committed $500,000 to the Fund for the Virgin Islands to support relief and recovery from Hurricane Irma in the territory. The donation brings the total to more than $1.6 million in contributions by Cruzan and its corporate parents towards hurricane relief in the U.S. and its territories. “My family has been producing Cruzan Rum in the U   Read More ...
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Government Simplifying Payroll for Storm
As recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and preparations for the threat of Hurricane Maria, all payroll processing in the STATS and Enterprise Resource Planning System will be on hold until after Hurricane Maria passes, according to Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens. This means instead of processing pay vouchers and such, Finance will process a simple, straight 80 hour biweekly Payroll for the Sept   Read More ...
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Governor Says “Take Maria Seriously”
Gov. Kenneth Mapp gave two press briefings on Monday on the approaching Hurricane Maria and the message was the same. “Take it seriously.” He urged residents to take care of what they needed before a curfew kicks in at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The storm is expected to be a category four when it passes a few miles south of St   Read More ...
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CATEGORY 5: Hurricane Maria Bears Down on USVI
Hurricane Maria is a category five storm, an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” that will begin affecting the U.S. and British Virgin Islands within the next 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. At its 11 p.m. Monday update, the NHC said the storm was about 270 miles southeast of St. Croix, packing 160 mile an hour winds and heading west northwest at about nine miles an hour, a course that will bring it into the territory Tuesday and directly over the islands by early Wednesday morning   Read More ...
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Cruzan Rum Distillery Donates $500,000 to Fund for Hurricane
The Cruzan Rum Distillery, based on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, today committed $500,000 to the Fund for the Virgin Islands to support relief and recovery from Hurricane Irma in the territory. The donation brings the total to more than $1.6 million in contributions by Cruzan and its corporate parents towards hurricane relief in the U.S. and its territories. “My family has been producing Cruzan Rum in the U   Read More ...
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Processing of Payrolls on Hold Until Hurricane Maria Passes
As recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and preparations for the threat of Hurricane Maria, Department of Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens advises agencies and departments that all payroll processing in the STATS and Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) will be on hold until after Hurricane Maria passes. As such, the Department of Finance will process a Straight-80 Payroll for Sept   Read More ...
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FirstBank Operating Hours Given for Sept. 19 and 20
FirstBank informs the public of special branch hours for Monday, Sept. 18, as well as upcoming closures this week. St. Thomas – The Port of Sale Branch and FirstBank Plaza branch in Tutu will be open until 3:30 p.m. on Monday. St. Croix– All St. Croix branches will be open today until 3 p.m. All St. Thomas and St. Croix branches will be closed on Tuesday, Sept   Read More ...
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Frederiksted Health Care to Close Tuesday, Wednesday Due to Maria
Frederiksted Health Care Inc. (FHC) closed all its facilities at 3 p.m., Monday Sept.18, to allow its staff to prepare for Hurricane Maria. It plans to have all its facilities closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. The health care center encourages the community to take all precautions for themselves and their families. FHC expects to resume service on Thursday, Sept   Read More ...
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These Shelter Locations Are Open on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix
The following shelter locations are open on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. This listing was released by the St. Croix Emergency Operations Center on Sunday, Sept. 17. ST. THOMAS Lockhart School BCB Middle School Charlotte Amalie High School ST. JOHN Bethany Moravian Guy Benjamin Elementary School ST. CROIX Canegata Recreation Center The following shelter locations will be opened on St   Read More ...
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U.S. Postal Service Informs Public of Tuesday Closing
In anticipation of Hurricane Maria, all postal operations in the territory will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 19. There will be no inbound mail as well as no retail or mail handout service. Specifically, this includes these post offices: St Croix St Thomas St John Postal employees in those locations have been advised not to report to work and are reminded to use the 1-888 emergency hotline to confirm official work updates and to check in using Option 5 on their phones   Read More ...
Atlanta Jazz Concert to Benefit USVI Hurricane Relief
Artist in Residence and mentor of United Jazz Foundation Mike Burton is stepping up and supporting the young people of the USVI by organizing a hurricane relief concert in Atlanta Ga. next Sunday. All proceeds will go to re-building the Virgin Islands in collaboration with United Jazz Foundation. While most Virgin Islanders will be unable to go, it is heartwarming that people like Burton are rising to the task and doing what they can to help out   Read More ...
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